Powering On: Star Cyclist Mark Cavendish Claims Stage 15 at Tour de France, Oakley Riders Hold Three Of Four Overall Standings Spots
15 ultra intense stages are in the rear view mirror. And still, Oakley riders are displaying their top form.
Mark Cavendish, as expected, is definitely one of the most impressive. Oakley’s star sprinter continued dominance of his craft by claiming the 15th Tour de France stage – his fourth stage win of the race and a move to tighten his grip on the overall points competition lead.
The British speed demon blazed past the rest of the field at the tail end of the stage’s 192.5km stretch from Limoux to Montpellier – racking up his overall eighth win of the 2011 season.
O’s prominent HTC Highroad rider now holds 70 wins: 29 Grand Tour Stage and 19 in the Tour de France – under his belt. More than impressive. And the Green Jersey definitely looks at home on him.
“It’s not me, it’s my team that really made this victory possible,” Mark said, rocking his Oakley performance eyewear. "Right from the start, all nine riders did a great job today and after a few very hard days in the mountains, that’s not so easy. I was tired after the Pyrenees too, but I use different muscles for sprinting than for climbing, so I was ok.”
“I’ll keep trying and see what I can do,” he continued – referring to the Green Jersey. “Hopefully I’ll be able to take it all the way to Paris.”
While Mark grips the Green, fellow O rider Rigoberto Uran from Team Sky currently leads the best young rider classification and is rocking the White Jersey.
Add the fact that Oakley riders are still holding three of the top four spots in the General Classification, and it’s safe to say that the action will only get more intense as the Tour rages on.
MSNBC Video Featuring Mark Cavendish
Stage 15 Recap
Mark Cavendish Post Stage 15 Interview
1. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar (Not Oakley)
2. Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek at 1-49 min OAKLEY
3. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC at 2-06 min OAKLEY
4. Andy Schleck (Lux) Leopard-Trek at 2-14 min OAKLEY